scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip(t)-shər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Definition of scripture

1a(1) capitalized : the books of the Bible often used in plural
(2) often capitalized : a passage from the Bible
b : a body of writings considered sacred or authoritative
2 : something written the primitive man's awe for any scripture— George Santayana

Examples of scripture in a Sentence

someone who frequently quotes Scripture
Recent Examples on the Web In 2003, Pope John Paul II appointed him to the Pontifical Biblical Commission, which met regularly to ensure the correct interpretation of scripture. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, "The Rev. Denis Farkasfalvy, who for decades challenged others to grow at Irving’s Cistercian abbey, dies at 83," 21 May 2020 Muslims believe Ramadan is when the Quran was first revealed to the prophet Muhammad; Quranic verses and sayings attributed to Muhammad urge Muslims to use the holy month as a chance to focus on scripture and its meaning. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Not a hardship, but a blessing: Back-to-basics Ramadan," 19 May 2020 The Birmingham News offered to print sermons, service outlines, scriptures and announcements sent in by various clergy to help people worship at home. al, "United Methodists assign clergy for North Alabama," 22 Apr. 2020 On his drives Downtown, Roach is typically listening to Mormon leaders' talks on scriptures and religion. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Bryan Roach considered leaving IMPD during a challenging time. He became chief instead.," 18 Dec. 2019 On one side was Bart Ehrman, a UNC professor and atheist whose best-selling books argue that the oldest copies of Christian scripture are so inconsistent and incomplete—and so few in number—that the original words are beyond recovery. Ariel Sabar, The Atlantic, "A Mystery at Oxford," 13 May 2020 Studying the Hebrew scriptures, or Torah, is a commandment and a duty in Judaism. Joyce Dalsheim, The Conversation, "Jewish history explains why some ultra-Orthodox communities defy coronavirus restrictions," 27 Apr. 2020 Supernatural hermits, after all, help the Buddha himself in the scriptures. The Economist, "A wizard wheeze Magical spells are a booming business in Myanmar," 2 Apr. 2020 Due to The Clark Sisters’ innovative vocal techniques and interpretations of scriptures, Gospel got a fresh sound that has trickled down to influence R&B and rap music, too. Brooklyn White, Essence, "10 Things You Need To Know About The Clark Sisters," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of scripture

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for scripture

Middle English, from Late Latin scriptura, from Latin, act or product of writing, from scriptus

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“Scripture.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scripture

: the books of either the Old Testament or the New Testament or of both : the Bible
: the sacred writings of a religion


scrip·​ture | \ ˈskrip-chər How to pronounce scripture (audio) \

Kids Definition of scripture

1 capitalized : bible sense 1
2 : writings sacred to a religious group

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